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Cooperation on Chemical Safety ECHA joins Cooperation With Japanese Institutions on Chemicals Safety

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and several Japanese Ministries affirmed their intent to strengthen the cooperation to improve safety in the chemical industry.

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) signed a cooperation agreement with several Japanese Ministries to improve colaboration in the areas of chemicals safety. (Picture: NITE)
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) signed a cooperation agreement with several Japanese Ministries to improve colaboration in the areas of chemicals safety. (Picture: NITE)

Helsinki/Finland – Both parties agreed on improving the collaboration in the area of chemicals safety. A corresponding statement of intent was signed by the ECHA and representatives of the Japanese Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the Ministry of the Environment and the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE).

According to the ECHA, the cooperation aims on strengthening the scientific dialogue between the European Union and Japan. A major goal is to increase the cooperation on technical details and other issues of common interest including the hazards and emerging risks of chemical substances, risk management tools, scientific collaboration and information exchange, ECHA officials say. Personal contact and exchange of staff members is also planned.

One of the anticipated areas of collaboration will be an exchange of knowledge and experience on integrated approaches to testing and assessment. Japanese authorities and the ECHA-members are also invited to exchange non-confidential information on hazards, uses and substance identification.

When signing the memorandum, Geert Dancet, Executive Director of ECHA said: “This Statement of Intent will lead the way to a closer cooperation between the involved regulatory authorities for the benefit of companies and citizens on both sides of the globe”.

Mitsuaki Komoto from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said; “I believe it will contribute to enhancing our chemical safety management technology and bring fruitful results from cooperative activities”.

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